Marlon Buie, Mayor’s Security Detail Retires After Almost 30 Years

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

For the past 18 and 1/2 years, Marlon Buie has had the unique experience of guarding the past four Mayors of Kansas City.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Buie retired from the Kansas City, Mo., Police department after serving 29 years and 11 months.

Buie guarded former Mayors Emanuel Cleaver II, for four years; Ms. Kay Barnes for eight years; Mark Funkhouser for 6 months and current Mayor Sly James for six years.

Former Mayor Cleaver now a U.S. Representative told THE CALL, “I believe that Marlon could actually read my mind, because he seemed to know exactly what I needed, not just security matters, but the protection of issues of confidentiality as well,” Rep. Cleaver said.
“He deserves a comfortable and peaceful retirement,” he said.

Mayors James agrees with Rep. Cleaver and adds, “Marlon’s service to this City is unwavering. He has provided this community with a model of courage, professionalism, and humility for more than three decades.”

Trump Told Slain Soldier’s Widow That He ‘Knew What He Was Getting Into’, Florida Congresswoman Says

NEW YORK — President Trump told the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger that he “knew what he was getting into,” said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), who said she was in the car where the phone call was received.

Myeshia Johnson was on her way to the airport to greet the remains of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, when she received the call from the commander-in-chief, CBS Miami reports.

“David was a young man from our community who gave his life for our country,” Rep. Wilson told CBS Miami. “He’s a hero. I was in the car when President Trump called. He never said the word hero. He said to the wife, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he was getting into.’ How insensitive can you be?”

A White House official did not dispute Rep. Wilson’s characterization of the phone call. The White House official told CBS News Mr. Trump’s conversations with “the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.”

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to deny Rep. Wilson’s assertions:

Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

Told of the president’s tweet, on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning, Rep. Wilson responded, “Well, I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car. And I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids. 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone and she looked at me and said he didn’t even know his name. Now, that’s the worst part.”
After a service member is killed, the Defense Department speaks to the designated next of kin, and transmits the information to the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of Defense passes it to the White House Military Office (WHMO), which also must confirm it. The twice-vetted information then goes to the president and his senior staff.

A White House official told CBS News the WHMO got the information Thursday, Oct. 19, and finished confirming it Monday. As soon as that was done, the letters were finalized and sent and calls scheduled, the official said. The calls from Trump to a designated family member were placed Tuesday, the official added.
Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. He left behind a wife who is six months pregnant and two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

Innocent Man Freed After 23 Years Has Challenges In Front Of Him

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

There are several days that will always be etched in Lamonte McIntyre’s memory. His birthday, his mother’s birthday, April 15, 1994 and October 13, 2017

April 15, was the day he was charged in a double homicide in Kansas City, Kas., with two victims he never even knew. He eventually received two-consecutive life sentences for the murders.

On Friday, Oct. 13, after only one day of testimony, a Wyandott County special judge freed McIntyre from the courtroom and the Kansas Department of Correctionsafter testimony and overwhelming evidence supported his attorney’s claim of innocence.

McIntyre had always professed his innocence in the murders of Doniel Quinn and Donald Ewing. The men were shot and killed in broad daylight by a shotgun while sitting in their car on Hutchings Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

McIntyre was with his aunts and cousins in another part of town when the shooting occurred.

The victims’ families were strong supporters of Lamonte, and they have known since the time of trial that Lamonte is innocent. Many leaders and community members have joined Lamonte’s journey toward freedom since the case became public. Investigation revealed that an alleged corrupt police Detective Roger Golubski. and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct all contributed to Lamonte’s unjust conviction.